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Postby freemus43 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:12 pm

What kinds of shells do you guys use for ducks. Just getting started and need some help. Also what are some loads you use for goose hunting?
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Re: Shell

Postby m.teeter » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:48 pm

I used to spend a lot I money on the expensive shells. But I have since dropped back to some of the cheaper shells and changed the shot sizes that I use and have had better results. I shoot #1 at sea ducks and #4 at puddlers and divers. Sure the tungsten loads will give you better patterns and kill shots farther down range. But if you are taking ethical shots at decoying ducks you should have no problem with any brand.
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Re: Shell

Postby IowaWaterfowler10 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:32 pm

I'm gonna buy Kent's from here on out. Shot a box last year and was impressed, and they won't crush your wallet. Ill get them in 1's and 2's for ducks and geese.
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Re: Shell

Postby L0ngh0rn30 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:04 am

#4 winchester super x. Not hard on the wallet and always had consistent results.
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Re: Shell

Postby Frank Lopez » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:04 am

A lot of the decision is going to depend on you, your shooting and the environment. For a general idea of what to choose, stick with the mid price range standard round steel shot at modest velocity, say 1400fps give or take 50 to 100fps. Then, figure out what the furthest shot you'll be taking is and start patterning. Nothing fancy, just a well distributed pattern with few 4 inch holes (5 inch holes for your goose loads.) See if you can get a copy of Roster's lethality chart to get an idea of the minimum number of pellet strikes in a 30 inch circle for each type of bird.

I'll tell you what we use up here, but again, it doesn't necessarily mean it'll work best for you. An ounce and a quarter of #2 steel (Winchester Drylok, Remington NitroSteel, Federal SpeedShok or Kent Fasteel) at about 1400fps or so with a .020 choke works well on late season large ducks in our salt marshes, particularly when the wind is blowing. If the ducks are really cooperating and boring right in, we might switch to an IC or Sk choke.

For geese (large Canadas) again, an ounce and a quarter of BB steel is my own preference. As far as choke, sometimes the larger pellets don't like as much choke, so you need to pay close attention to your pattern work.

Most of our shots on ducks (blacks, mallards, gadwall and widgeon mostly) are from 25 to 35 yards. I make it a habit of not pulling the trigger past 40 yards unless the bird has been hit before that. Then, you do whatever you can to bring it to bag. The loads I listed above will pattern reliably out to 50 yards for that purpose.

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Re: Shell

Postby swamplife90 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:14 pm

I shoot Winchester xperts 3in #3 never had any problem. Have shot woodies hoodies mallards geese with them.
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Re: Shell

Postby Sgtstadanko707 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:40 pm

Cases of frederal 3in 2 or 3. $120. Great shells. For geese its a little harder to get them to commit around here. 3 1/2 bb heavy shot. At 40 a box I usualy shoot about 3 of those shells a hunt. Couldn't dream of spending 500 on a case of heavy shot.
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Re: Shell

Postby SPatrick » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:21 pm

Hevi metal 3" #3 patterns best for me for ducks.
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Re: Shell

Postby Idaho Savage » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:42 am

swamplife90 wrote:I shoot Winchester xperts 3in #3 never had any problem. Have shot woodies hoodies mallards geese with them.

Yup. I've shot black cloud, hevi shots, Kent... You name it. In the end I always come back to 3/3 xperts as they wallop beaks but not my wallet. Great shells for my SBE gen 1.

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Re: Shell

Postby dakotashooter2 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:14 am

Please note that the opinions here may not be that of the website ............or............ hunters who have their shell supplies subsidized...........................................LOL.....................
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Re: Shell

Postby TexasMallard10 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:13 am

It seems like this year if shotgun shells are as hard to find for yall as they are for me we will be shooting anything we can find. If i had my choice though i would either be shooting remington hispeed or kent. Both are around 12 a box and shoot about 1550 fps.
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Re: Shell

Postby Black Smoke » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:57 am

Kent Fasteel 3 1/2" #1 1625fps
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Re: Shell

Postby DCronk » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:52 am

I shoot hevi metal or kent #2 for duck and BB for geese
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Re: Shell

Postby greenster » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:36 pm

Kent #3 1 1/4 12ga, greentimber, average distance about 15yards. 20ga 7/8 #3.. same distance.
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Re: Shell

Postby Big Dan » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:55 am

Kent #3 in 3" 1 3/8 or 1 1/4 for me but they are really hard to find in the St. Louis area. Seems like no one stocks them anymore. I went to Cabela's big sale Saturday and there were no 3" 3's of any brand.
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Re: Shell

Postby thomashamm2 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:06 pm

depending on your size 12 guage 3 or 3 1/2 inch steel shot number 2, 3, or 4 shot. Federal, kent, and winchester make good shells. Depending on how much money you have to spend, federal speed shok, or blackcloud, kent fasteel or silversteel, and winchester blindside or remington hypersonic.
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Re: Shell

Postby tywhite87 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:10 pm

Usually Winchester Xpert, Remington Sportsman or Federals (all the approx. $10-15/box stuff), shooting #2 for ducks and BB for geese. If I get in a situation where I'm pass shooting and need to make long range shots on a regular basis I will go for blackcloud in the previously mentioned shot sizes. (I folded a goose like a dishrag at 65yds last season with BB blackcloud) But in close BC tears them up to bad so I stick with the cheap stuff and the birds come down just as dead as with expensive ammo.
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Re: Shell

Postby rebelcj7 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:08 pm

Hevi metal 99% of the time for me. 3" BB's at that. Now if your just targeting ducks I would roll with Hevi Metal 3" #2's or 3's. Pattern both and see which is the best for you and your gun/choke combo.
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Re: Shell

Postby ShotGunEd » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:08 pm

Kent 3" 1-1/8oz #3 for me
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